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Smog: the air situation in Europe

The European directive that sets the thresholds permitted for air pollutants has been updated in recent days. The measure - which sets 2030 as the deadline for countries to meet the new limits - was approved by a large majority…



International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

16 September is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, a day established by the United Nations General Assembly, in order to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to reduce the production and…

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Global warming: what will happen in the coming years?

Will we be able to keep global warming below the threshold of +1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels, which was much talked about at the COP21 in Paris? According to a study conducted by the British Centre for Ecology & Hydrology…



New temperature record for 2016

The temperatures of our planet have a new record: last month was the warmest April since 1880, that is, since data is available. According to data provided by NASA, the April global temperature was 1.11°C above the average of the…

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World Meteorology Day 2016

23 March is the World Meteorology Day. This, in fact, an important day for meteorology, since on 23 March 1950 the Convention that established the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) came into force. The WMO is an intergovernmental organisation comprising 189…



An Oscar in the name of the environment

He could have used those few minutes to joke about the previous five nominations in which he saw the Oscar go to someone else, but instead Leonardo DiCaprio, holding the long-awaited statuette won for best actor, gave voice to climate…



Mal’aria Dossier 2016

For many Italian municipalities, 2015 was a "red alert” year. This is what emerges from "City Bad Air 2016" (Mal'aria di città 2016, available in italian), the annual dossier on air and noise pollution in urban centres, presented today by…



Confirmed: 2015 was the warmest year

The global average temperature in 2015 broke all the records, it was precisely 0.76±0.1°C above the average for the years 1961-1990. This according to the World Meteorological Organization, WMO, which also announced that temperatures in 2015 broke all records, surpassing…

Aerial view of Paris


COP21, where are we?

We are halfway through the second week of COP21, the global meeting to fight climate change. This is a decisive week for negotiations, by Friday an agreement must be reached to limit the global temperature increase by 2100. “We have…

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